Key Points
  • Aggressively pursue evidence-based models that fight fraud, waste, and abuse.
  • Increase the off-ramp for those who are not truly needy.
  • Regulators and elected officials integrate specific program indicators and outcomes to taxpayer dollars for public assistance.
  • Where possible, services for at-risk populations should be case managed to provide a centralized and comprehensive approach for individuals and families, allowing for less duplication and better chance for success of the individual.
  • States should encourage integrating private assistance into state operated programs, encouraging less dependency on bureaucracy and more on existing community resources.

The welfare state is larger than it has ever been in U.S. history. As Americans we spend nearly one trillion dollars a year on federal and state human services programs, yet despite public investment the poverty rate has risen to 15.1 percent. Public assistance is necessary to help those who are truly in need, however these programs are rarely called on to show effectiveness in creating true opportunities for individuals and families to escape dependence and pursue a life of success and prosperity.

At ALEC, our objective is to help states implement policy that will modernize human services programs so public investment in human services not only create opportunities for self sufficiency, but to use data metrics in state based programs to show which program operations are more effective in fighting poverty for at-risk populations.

Other common sense approaches to breaking the cycle of dependency is reducing regulatory barriers to communities and leveraging existing resources to coordinate services while also working to aggressively reduce fraud, waste and abuse.

It has been said that a society can be judged by the way it treats those least able to care for themselves. At ALEC, we work to foster a competitive yet compassionate society that leads each person to the dignity of work and culture of success and prosperity.

Model Policies

  • Health Freedom Compact Act Final

    Findings and Declaration of Policy (A)  Unites States Code Section 112 gives Congressional consent “to any two or more states to enter into agreements or compacts for cooperative effort and mutual assistance in the prevention of crime and the enforcement of their respective criminal laws and policies, …

  • Resolution on the Tax and Fiscal Effects of Medicaid Expansion

    Summary This resolution memorializes the harmful fiscal effects of Medicaid expansion under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare, and commends the 21 states that have rejected ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion.   Resolution WHEREAS, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) permit states to voluntarily opt …

  • Resolution on Cord and Placenta Blood Banking and Research

    Summary This resolution recognizes the need for increased public awareness about the use and research of umbilical cord blood and placenta blood banking to provide treatment options for debilitating or terminal diseases, and encourages ongoing research and private enterprise.   Model Resolution WHEREAS, Research continues to show umbilical cord blood and …

  • Resolution Opposing Restrictions on Contracting for Non-Clinical Dental Support Services

    Resolution Opposing Restrictions on Contracting for Non-Clinical Dental Support Services Summary Opposes anticompetitive legislation and regulations that restrict the ability of dentists to contract with third parties for non-clinical support services and supports market solutions and the work of dental support organizations (DSOs) to …

  • Resolution Opposing the Federation of State Medical Boards’ Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

    Resolution Opposing the Federation of State Medical Boards’ Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Summary Opposes participation with the Federation of State Medical Boards’ Interstate Medical Licensure Compact on several grounds, including the compact’s definition of a physician as a person who “holds specialty certification or a …

  • Resolution in Support of Oral Health

    Resolution in Support of Oral Health Summary Recognizes the importance of oral health to overall health, ensures oral health impact is considered during the development of state policy, supports local, state, and federal efforts to monitor oral health conditions as well as community oral health initiatives, and …

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Task Forces

Health and Human Services

There is no sector of our economy where the hand of government is more evident than in health care. Half …

Press Releases

  • New Report Highlights Detriments of Overregulated Pharmaceutical Industry image

    New Report Highlights Detriments of Overregulated Pharmaceutical Industry

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ashley Pratte [email protected]   Arlington, VA (January 11, 2017) – Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the cost of prescription drugs have …

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